You know there are some people who say weightlifting is a sport for fat people. Well, let's get all science-y and put down the haters and pick up some big weights before we turn into bi-polar Instagram obsessives.
You have until Monday to get the 4 workouts done so, get going you Masters and Teens. Apparently, there's a lot of you competing this weekend. Take the advice here and good luck!
How do we manage anxiety, ambivalence, and stress? How do we prioritize wants and needs? How do we take care of ourselves- physically, mentally, and emotionally? Enjoy the read!
Aging is just changing. Change for the better or change for the worse? Judging by the 40, 50, 60 and plus people who are in the gym these days it can be the best of times.
No one gets into coaching for the money. True story. They do it because they like what they do and who they are doing it for so, cut them some slack and keep a check on your pro dreams for your spawn.
You exist on a continuum of emotional states, physiological states, and biomechanical states. Posture is simply a reflection of that continuum. Finding the middle of that spectrum can help in so many physical activities.
You're a complex physiological phenomenon. Lots of stuff going on inside you that is unique to you, and only you. So, be your own lab because you're your own best hope for objectivity.
Sacrifice the rush and focus on the effort and form. Consistently making good reps is the smart way to work towards your desired results.
We're great believers in food. The kind you make yourself because that's the only guarantee of integrity you'll ever have. So, if you're going keto, which is a thing, then you'll love these tried and tested recipes as part of your plan.
"It ain't the years, honey, it's the mileage." Indy didn't lift but, if he did, he would probably say, it's not the sets, bro, it's the volume.
Tons of bro-science and bodybuilding message boards attest to the cray cray of workout nutrition intelligence. The dirty little secret is that everyone is different, no surefire method for everyone, and all the usual cliches. Just be your own laboratory and don't preach, maybe.
Strenuous exercise on a malfunctioning system is a recipe for injury. What feels natural to you may not be. You might just have to rebuild yourself from the ground up, beginning with posture.
Lots of muscles in your hands and arms. But, sometimes all those muscles don't do much good as the bar slips through your fingers or you drop to the floor from your pull-up. Functional strength means getting a strong grip things.
Competition isn't for everyone but if you do it among friends and have a positive attitude, it can reveal some hard-earned truths about yourself. Like, are you a fizzler or a double camper?
We need connections. We need to feel comfortable and supported by people who will understand our vulnerabilities. We need our fitness families.
The joy of pressing heavy can only be attained by learning how to press properly and by repeating correct technique.
Some people get all excited about the dab, but you ain't lived 'til you do the DUP.
Youth sports are big business. Athletic kids need moolah and lots of it. So here's a guide to finding a high caliber trainer, someone who is going to deliver value and quality and, most importantly, results.
Fear of falling is a natural response when you turn your world upside down but the alternative view and the killer workout are worth the effort. Now go make your hands your feet.
The obesity crisis is killing people. Yet, the fitness industry is still fixated on six-pack abs and bikini ready marketing. It's easier to sell an image than a solution to an uncomfortable problem or, are we just being too cynical?
You can't be crushing it all the time. Even the Hulk gets to be Bruce Banner every now and then. So, the best thing about having a set of guiding rules is knowing when to break them.
One of the interesting things about intermittent fasting is that while it isn't a good fit for everyone, it offers a sense of release from the focus on consumption that taxes you mentally during a diet. Kind of like deprivation without the insanity.
Your closet, gym bag, and gym are full of opportunities to insulate your body from how it feels to move well. Resist the allure and promises of fancy new gear to consider how it will add to and detract from your training.
Resistance isn't futile. The more resistance, the more progress. It isn't a revolutionary idea but it will help you evolve in your training and get in a lot of puns at the same time.
A recap of the WODs of one of the better Opens in CrossFit's short history leads to a discussion of whether CrossFit is really for everyone and what that means if you're planning to compete in 2019. Yes, you have to start training now for next year.
Flow is an experience in movement that is not easily found in traditional gym workouts. But, if you can find it, you can raise your game and get more joy out of your physical routines. That's a great place to be in your training.
Some people will have their first injury and never bounce back. Sometimes rehab is more painful than the injury itself. Find ways to make it work because you've got this. You can rebound.
Hunch your shoulders and look downcast and you won't feel good about your chances. Surge with a sense of power, stand tall and it translates into real-world results. Your non-verbal behavior has meaning.
You tend to think about technique and performance in the gym, but how about trying to be a craftsman. Start packing some essential tools the next time you're heading out for a workout.
Your starting position isn’t the only determining factor in the quality of your lift, but it is arguably the biggest.
A lifting belt is going to be one of your most trusted friends in the gym. Here's one all-rounder that really impressed our coach.
The beginners' mindset is the absence of ego, the willingness to absorb everything, and the desire to grow. Use it to get through plateaus and sticking points in your training.
You'd think a seemingly joint-friendly activity would be free from some of the pain of pounding the ground, but cycling is a contact sport.
Who knew food could be so hard. It isn't. Really! But you do have some obstacles in the way like, whole industries devoted to processing the good out of what you shove in your mouth. It's in the small print.
On one hand, the more developed nations, the richer ones, are the most obese. On the other hand, in those same nations, the less money you have, the more likely you are to be obese. And that's just one part of the problem.
The training you is made up of multiple personas - some aggressive and hard, some mindful. It's different for everyone. Have a look at ways to bring all the parts of you together to create a greater whole.
It's the final round of the CrossFit Open. Take some advice, plan ahead and give it all you got because this is for another year!
Stretching isn't moving. It's .... stretching. So, no stretching today. Now, let's get down to the real business of loosening up those tight spots and, you'll be glad to know, strength is a big part of it.
Whether you're struggling with obesity or are fine-tuning for athletic performance, here's where your head should be on the subject of weight loss. You might just end up enjoying the process of losing weight instead of feeling like it's purgatory.
The Reembody Method is a modality that combines physics, evolutionary biology, neurology, and fundamental psychology. It may also ignite the imagination of the health and fitness industry to think differently about movement.
Add more muscle. Sounds simple enough. It isn't. But it sure does a body good. Try undulating methods: https://goo.gl/wMaHXM
At age 49, Paul Roberts overcame a life-disrupting shoulder injury and achieved the first of many muscle ups. Here's how he did it.
Training is about creating an adaptation in your physiology, one adaptation resulting in you getting stronger. So stop treating it as if it's a bunch of exercises strung together to make you feel spent.
Don't give up on something, just know that there are goals and objectives that you have to quit.
You may not be able to finish this one but it's still a great benchmark to show you where you stand in your training. Otherwise, from here on out, the WODs are highly competitive and really starting to separate the top athletes from the rest of the pack.
It's worth repeating that repetition is essential to success. Just make sure that your mind is switched on to the benefits and isn't on autopilot because you have a lot to learn. Everyone does.
Sure, you can train for the Zombie Apocalypse by doing all kinds of gym work. Or, you can get on a bike and take on the world's deadliest obstacle courses, our roads filled with irate travelers. How tough are you?
Alex Maclin knows moving a barbell is the easy part. It's moving your mind to a sustainable nutrition philosophy that's really hard. A profound conversation with a coach who doesn't just talk about food, but also about empowering the whole person.
Don't complicated breathing. It should come naturally but there's nothing natural about huffing and puffing through your workouts. You need to get a handle on your lungs and fire up your endurance and stamina.
Stuff happens. You don't get to live your life free from pain or disappointment. That's truer in the gym than anywhere else. Dusting yourself off and getting back into it should be a habit you cultivate.
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